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Diploma MSc is a leading provider of online Diabetes courses. Working in conjunction with the University of South Wales, Diploma MSc offer 1 year part time Diabetes Diploma courses and Diabetes MSc courses that can be completed entirely online. Read more

Diabetes Courses Online

Diploma MSc is a leading provider of online Diabetes courses. Working in conjunction with the University of South Wales, Diploma MSc offer 1 year part time Diabetes Diploma courses and Diabetes MSc courses that can be completed entirely online.

With a team of over 40 expert course tutors we deliver online Diabetes courses to the highest standard and at affordable prices.

Studying with Diploma MSc allows you to advance your career in Diabetes in your own time with 24/7 access through our online portal. The Diabetes Diploma course is for individuals who wish to have a greater understanding of the care of people with Diabetes, particularly General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Podiatrists, Pharmacists, Dieticians and Pharmaceutical Representatives.

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma

Health professionals working within a clinical setting, both UK and overseas, with a related Healthcare Science degree (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the PG Diploma course.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:
qualification certificates
one written reference
English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) please see University of South Wales for further details

MSc

Health professionals, both UK and overseas, wishing to further their education who have previously completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from the University of South Wales are eligible to apply for this MSc Diabetes course online.

Applicants can also apply for our MSc qualification as a two-year course (undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma in their first year).

Applicants can also enter the MSc programmes if they have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from another UK University, having successfully acquired 120 M level Credits.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:
qualification certificates
one written reference

Diploma in Diabetes Course Information

Our Diploma in Diabetes course is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and has been recognised by the International Diabetes Federation.

The online diabetes course is designed to be practical and clinically focused. On completion of the online Diploma in Diabetes, students have:

- a greater understanding of the multidisciplinary approach to the care of people with Diabetes.
- experience of developing local guidelines, patient information literature or care pathways which will be part of their individual and group activities.
- a greater confidence and understanding of the management of people with Diabetes through case studies and discussion.
- improved critical analysis of published data and data interpretation.
- applicants will typically be health professionals who have a day to day exposure to people with Diabetes. They may be part of a team which delivers care, a leader of that team or an individual who treats people with Diabetes.

The Diabetes Diploma course is designed to be relevant to all health professionals who might manage people with Diabetes and is particularly relevant to:

General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Podiatrists, Pharmacists, Dieticians and Pharmaceutical Representatives

Course Structure

The postgraduate Diabetes Diploma course is based on the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Curriculum for Diabetes health professional education. The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - Principles of Diabetes
Module 2 - Approaches to Care
Module 3 - Promoting Self Care
Module 4 - Management of Diabetes
Module 5 - Complications (microvascular)
Module 6 - Complications (macrovascular)
Assessment

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).
Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
Individual learning portfolio - 10%
Group/individual activity - 20%
Case based examination - 30%
Teaching Methods

The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

Scientific writing.
Levels of evidence.
Harvard referencing.
Reflective writing.
The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

Students are not required to attend the lectures, however those who do benefit as they get a "jump start" to the course. Students who are not able to attend, should request a skype/telephone call to orientate them onto the course and are advised to review the lecture slides.

Diabetes MSc Course Information

This Diabetes MSc course is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and has been recognised by the International Diabetes Federation.

The Diabetes MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diabetes Diploma course offered by the University.

The MSc in Diabetes runs over 1 calendar year. Students undertake an initial 12 week online module to develop their skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies.

Diabetes MSc Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal (compulsory module)
Module 2 - Professional Project or Independent Prescribing Module
Teaching Methods

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.

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Dundee has an international reputation for diabetes research, education and informatics developments. Read more
Dundee has an international reputation for diabetes research, education and informatics developments. With the global growing prevalence of diabetes there is an increasing need for healthcare professionals to upskill in diabetes care and understand how to organise healthcare for the efficient management of chronic diseases.

The course has been designed to allow students to remain in their jobs while studying and for their studies to be able to have an immediate impact in their work environment.

What is so good about this course?

The programme aims to:

- provide a comprehensive programme of diabetes education for health care professionals
- develop competence in the diagnosis, treatment, and decision-making in the care of persons with diabetes
- establish students with a basic grounding in educational/ behaviour change theory with application to patient and professional education
- develop leadership and evaluation skills in the organisation and delivery of care in both primary care and hospitals to empower service delivery improvement
- establish a stimulating environment for research, teaching and learning about diabetes
- encourage a culture for training of health care professionals by the development of a network of experienced clinical teachers.
- allow health care professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills while remaining in work
- bring immediate benefits into the workplace through the application of their learning in their work-place based projects
- be culturally sensitive
- encourage a culture of multidisciplinary working in the workplace.

The course is aimed at working-professionals who wish to facilitate evidence-based change in clinical care and management within their healthcare system and recognise that this requires not just clinical knowledge but also skills in leadership, inter-professional education, organisational management, reflective professional practice and quality improvement.

Degree Combinations

Diabetes Care, Education & Management PGCert
Diabetes Care, Education & Management PGDip

How you will be taught

The teaching approach is one of blended learning with face to face teaching (lectures, group work, case discussions, workshops, simulation exercises, quizzes) blended with online activities, case based studies and workplace assessment. Much of the later work can be completed flexibly in the student's own free time, and has been designed around the needs of students who are also working full time.

There are 3 semesters per year. In each semester the student completes one module from a choice of 5 or 6 modules that will be offered each semester. In the partnership with the Dasman Diabetes Institute and Ministry of Health in Kuwait the face to face teaching is hosted at the Dasman Diabetes Institute.

How you will be assessed

All 20 credit modules are assessed on Coursework. To complete each module and to progress to the next, students are required to:

- Attend the face-to-face teaching.
- Complete the workplace-based assignment which requires participants to apply educational principles to their own situation and reflect on the result.
- Students are required to base their projects and activities within their own organisations so that they can utilise their new knowledge and build on opportunities created by the programme to shift the balance of care. The project (or an agreed part of the project) undertaken for Assignment 1 must be completed within 6 weeks from the end of the face-to-face teaching days.

Assignment 1: Workplace Project Report (2000 words - excluding reference list and appendices)
A critical examination of the student’s own workplace-based project, which is undertaken in response to the specific module aims and study topics (or a series of activities relating to the module).

Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words - excluding reference list and appendices)
A reflective analysis of the student’s own learning and development throughout the module, describing the impact that the module study activities and workplace-based project experiences have had upon their own thinking and professional practice.

Marks are awarded equally between Assignment 1: the description of the workplace-based assignment and Assignment 2: the reflective analysis of the project.

The Dissertation Module (60 credits) which must be passed to graduate with the MSc is assessed through a 12,000-15,000 word thesis.

What you will study

Students can choose to exit at Certificate, Diploma or MSc level.


- Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) Diabetes Care, Education & Management
The PG Cert requires the achievement of 60 credits through 3 modules: 1 Core module + 1 Educational module + 1 other module

- Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) Diabetes Care, Education & Management
The PG Dip requires the achievement of 120 credits through 6 modules: 1 Core module + 1 Educational module + 1 Organisational module + 1 Research module + 2 other modules

- Postgraduate Masters (MSc) Diabetes Care, Education & Management
The MSc requires the achievement of 180 credits. To obtain the MSc students must successfully complete the PG Dip (120 credits) + the Taught MSc Dissertation Module (60 credits).


Modules can be chosen from the following selection. Many modules appear in more than one category to increase the flexibility of students to create a programme specific to their needs.

Core Modules

Modern Diabetes Care
Science of Diabetes
Organisational Approaches to the Delivery of Care
Clinical Modules

Advanced Diabetes Nutrition
Advanced Diabetes Practice
Diabetes in the Young
Management of CV Risk in Diabetes
Safety in Clinical Communication
Self-Management of Diabetes: person centred, enabling approaches to clinical practice
Education Modules

Clinical skills and Simulation for Education and Practice
Developing Safe Team Working Using Simulation
Facilitation
Leadership
Reflective Professional Practice
Self-Management of Diabetes: person centred, enabling approaches to clinical practice
Training the Trainers
Organisational modules

Facilitation
Leadership
Organisational Approaches to the Delivery of Care
Patient Safety & Quality Improvement in Diabetes
Reflective Professional Practice
Strategic Partnering
Research

Research Methods
MSc Dissertation

Employability

We would envisage this course/qualification being interesting to healthcare organisations who wish their healthcare professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, nurse educators, managers etc) to enhance their skills across a range of disciplines required for the management and care of diabetes and other chronic diseases.

This qualification is NOT equivalent to accreditation onto the diabetes medical specialist register e.g. allowing the individual to operate as a diabetes consultant.

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The UK faces a significant increase in the number of people affected by diabetes with over 700 new cases diagnosed each day and, by 2025, Diabetes UK estimates five million people will be living with the condition. Read more
The UK faces a significant increase in the number of people affected by diabetes with over 700 new cases diagnosed each day and, by 2025, Diabetes UK estimates five million people will be living with the condition.

The global prevalence of diabetes is equally worrying, with the World Health Organization (WHO) predicting the condition to be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030, with the majority occurring in low and middle-income countries.

“Ensuring professionals have the skills and knowledge they need to deliver best care to people with diabetes is paramount.”
- Diabetes UK

Why study MSc Diabetes Best Practice?

Healthcare research consistently concludes there is a recognised need for specialist diabetes care both in the UK and internationally. Our modules are taught by leading experts in their fields from across the University and designed to equip workforces and individuals with the skills and knowledge to meet future diabetes healthcare demands. Our Masters programme is also aligned to the recommendations of WHO, Diabetes UK, the International Diabetes Federation, the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Who should study?

Our programme is suitable for clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals including GPs, hospital-based doctors, specialist and practice nurses, dietitians, podiatrists, paramedics, pharmacists, scientists and psychologists; who wish to develop skills in the diagnosis, treatment, psychology and management of diabetes.

What does our MSc provide?

This programme is designed to equip workforces and individuals with the skills and knowledge to meet future
diabetes healthcare demands in the UK and beyond. Broad training from internationally respected experts across the University provides the skills you need to understand and manage people with diabetes, helping you support adults and young people more effectively and improve your healthcare provision through the transfer of knowledge. Our individually tailored programme is aligned to Diabetes UK best practice and World Health Organisation recommendations. Available full-and part-time and as a PG Dip and PG Cert.

Our core modules include:
– The Foundations of Diabetes
– Clinical Research Skills
– Dissertation

We also offer a wide choice of optional modules including:
– Diabetes in the Young
– Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Through the Ages
– Assessment of Nutritional Status
– Modern Management of Diabetes, Nutrition and Pharmacology
– Management of Diabetes in Primary and Secondary Care (adult module)
– Work-based Learning in Diabetes

Additionally students are able to take an optional module from around the University including:
– Leadership in the NHS
– Prescribing Skills
– Developing Public Health Practice
– Demographic Change
– Aging and Globalisation
– Public Health, Law and Ethics

Flexible learning

Our part-time or full-time modular Masters programme provides the flexibility for study to be undertaken alongside other commitments. Typically modules are offered in blocks of three to five days to cater for students travelling from outside the area and the UK.
We also offer stand-alone modules, two Postgraduate Certificates (Diabetes Best Practice and Principles of Diabetes) and a Postgraduate Diploma Best Practice. Learning is delivered through a variety of teaching methods including seminars, tutorials, discussions, problem-solving activities and our unique online educational and multimedia learning resources.

How to apply

Applications should be made online via our website. Places are limited.

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/diabetes

Bursaries may be available.

For more information, including details on entry requirements and fees, please visit our website.

What our Students say

“The one thing that has made this all possible is the flexibility of the course. Modules can be taken to suit lifestyles and the condensed time spent in the classroom allows an easy blend of personal life and being a student!”
- Deborah Griffin (MSc student)

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The Quality Diabetes Care programme will be of interest to health care professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, podiatrists) working in diabetes care settings. Read more
The Quality Diabetes Care programme will be of interest to health care professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, podiatrists) working in diabetes care settings. It will equip participants with skills for modern evidence based management of diabetes patients, and offer practical experience in organisational management, reflective practice and quality improvement.

Why study Quality Diabetes Care at Dundee?

Dundee has a particular international reputation for Diabetes research, education and informatics developments. With the growing prevalence of diabetes (currently around 5% in the UK with a doubling of rates predicted over the next 15 years), there is an increasing need for generalists to upskill in diabetes care.

This course will equip you with essential skills and modern evidence based practice for clinical management of diabetes patients. In addition, this programme offers knowledge and practical experience in organisational management, reflective practice and quality improvement.

Much of the work can be completed flexibly in your own free time, and has been designed around the needs of students who are also working full time.

Aims of the programme

The programme aims to:
- Provide a comprehensive programme to enable understanding of diabetes care (from patient to organisational management) for health care professionals
- Establish a stimulating environment for research, teaching and learning about diabetes
- Ensure a high quality evidence based approach in patient management, teaching, research and evaluation.
- Ensure a critical understanding of current issues in diabetes management.
- Enable students with theory and practical tools for healthcare quality improvement.
- Establish students with a basic grounding in educational/ behaviour change theory with application to patient and professional education
- Encourage students to apply critical analysis to complex problem solving.
- Allow development of generic attributes and skills including reflective practice, professionalism, literature appraisal and academic writing
- Encourage a culture of multidisciplinary working in the workplace.

Who should study this course?

This programme will be of interest to health care professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, podiatrists) working either as generalists or in specialist diabetes care settings.

How is this course taught?

The teaching approach is one of blended learning with fixed face to face teaching (lectures, group work, case discussions, workshops, simulation exercises, quizzes) blended with online activities, case based studies and workplace assessment. Much of the later work can be completed flexibly in the students own free time, and has been designed around the needs of students who are also working full time.

The face to face component requires attendance in Dundee, 3 times throughout the year (2 consecutive days teaching each time). The remainder of the course delivered is online.

Other material will be delivered via an online learning zone through online activities in the form of:
Recorded lectures
Quizzes
Interactive e-learning material
Forums
Discussion Board debates
Group
Wikis
Case Discussions

Much of the private study will be self-directed and relate to various work place projects (see assessments). Students are expected to undertake approx. 8 - 12 hours of work per week, either as self directed study or undertaking specific activities associated with the course.

What will you study?

Year 1: PG Certificate
The proposed Year 1 PG certificate programme will be taught over a period of 12 months. It will be taught and assessed as 3 x 20 credit compulsory modules (SCQF level 11 credits), namely:

Diabetes Clinical Care (20 credits)
Diabetes Organisational Care (20 credits)
Enhanced Patient Care and Professional Development (20 credits)


Year 2: PG Diploma
Students who decide to progress to the diploma stage will have the option of doing a further two modules totalling 60 credits. These modules will develop further advanced skills in clinical care and organisation, healthcare quality improvement and research methodology to allow students to develop their own diabetes service more effectively and embed skills required for their 3rd year dissertation (thesis).

Two of the modules also run as part of the MSc in Quality Improvement:
Quality Improvement in Action (30 credits)
Developing Research and Evaluation Skills (compulsory for students continuing to Year 3) (30 credits)

The third optional module for year 2 is
Advanced Diabetes Clinical Practice (30 credits)

Year 3: MSc Dissertation
Year 3 will involve students undertaking a more substantial project in the field of either Diabetes Care with either a Clinical/ Quality Improvement or Educational theme. Students will be allocated an appropriate university supervisor. This work will be presented as a 10-15,000 word thesis.

How is this course assessed?

Each modules will be assessed individually. Assessments include completion of clinical case scenarios, work place projects, and associated reflective essays in an attempt to embed learning and reflection into real life clinical practice. Quality improvement modules will require additional topic specific written work and on-line activities.

Careers

We would envisage this course/ qualification being of interest to health care professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists) working either as generalists or in diabetes care settings. The qualification may be used by primary care doctors for personal development/ CPD accumulation, and to enable them to set up and enhance their own diabetes specialist services.

For the secondary care training doctors, or allied health professionals, the qualifications could be used to help general career progression or be used to aid a move into specialist diabetes care services either within primary or secondary care.

This qualification is NOT equivalent to accreditation onto the diabetes medical specialist register e.g. allowing the individual to operate as a diabetes consultant.

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Summary. In 2011, the International Diabetes Federation brought together world experts to develop the first ever Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021 (Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021) which sets out the evidence, cost effective solutions and tools for managing the global issue of diabetes in a coherent framework for action. Read more

Summary

In 2011, the International Diabetes Federation brought together world experts to develop the first ever Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021 (Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021) which sets out the evidence, cost effective solutions and tools for managing the global issue of diabetes in a coherent framework for action. The key strategy of The Global Diabetes Plan is to implement National Diabetes Programmes, defined as:

“a systematic and coordinated approach to improving the organisation, accessibility and quality of diabetes prevention and care"

Several landmark studies have demonstrated that, through a comprehensive package of treatment and support, the complications of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be prevented or significantly delayed, enabling people with diabetes to live longer and healthier lives (Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021). The sheer complexity of diabetic disease presents a need for integrated care provision at all stages of the patients journey.

The postgraduate certificate/ diploma/ MSc in Lower Limb Preservation in Diabetes aims to meet, in part, the key strategy of the Global Diabetes Plan by the provision of an international educational programme that takes an integrated approach to the management of diabetic disease and its effects in the lower limb.

About

Nationally/internationally there are a number of courses/residency programmes offering advanced learning in the field of patients with at risk lower limbs predominantly suffering from diabetes. All of these have merit but lack academic foundation or approval in the realms of infection, revascularisation, surgical management and optimisation of outcome for those patients at risk and who may ultimately face amputation.

The Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc programme in Lower Limb Preservation in Diabetes is open to all those who practise or wish to progress their knowledge in Diabetes, Limb Preservation and related areas. The course is designed for, but not limited to: specialist podiatrists, nurses, medical, surgical and healthcare professionals. is targeted at those currently working in or with aspirations to gain education and/or employment in the field of diabetes and limb preservation and is rooted in regional, national and international drivers towards integrated Diabetes care. The programme is multidisciplinary and multi-professional, with rich and challenging content and sound educational process. Delivery of the programme is offered entirely online, maximising a learning approach that fully embraces the opportunity for international practitioner engagement.

The educational programme aims to offer the student the opportunity to develop evidence based theoretical concepts of limb preservation transferable to professional practice, informed by a critical knowledge and understanding of integrative care requirements for those patients “at-risk” due to diabetes; who are in danger of primary amputation (patients with diabetes, end-stage renal disease and/ or peripheral sensorimotor neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease), and for those who have already suffered an amputation and are at risk of moving toward a second amputation, or have unacceptable dysfunction.

Attendance

Students are expected to engage with all online classes/sessions associated with the programme and be punctual and regular in attendance.

A student who has not been in attendance for more than three days through illness or other cause must notify immediately the Course Director. The student shall state the reasons for the absence and whether it is likely to be prolonged. Where the absence is for a period of more than five working days, and is caused by illness which may affect their studies, the student shall provide appropriate medical certification in accordance with the General Regulations for Students.

Students who are absent without good cause for a substantial proportion of online classes/ sessions may be required to discontinue studies, in accordance with the General Regulations for Students.

For distance learning students, communication with e-mentors and course directors should be frequent and will be monitored through the record of student logins to the course website. If a student fails to logon to Blackboard or to contact staff for a maximum period of one week, the module coordinator will note the student’s absence and direct contact will then be made with the student either by e-mail or by telephone. The student should notify the Course Director of any reasons as to their absence and if the reason for absence is medical, should provide appropriate medical certification in accordance with the General Regulations for Students.

Work placement / study abroad

There is no formalised placement associated with the programme, however, it is expected that there will be requirement to undertake some practice experience in the workplace. Students are likely to be in full time employment within a health, social or educational setting, for some or all of the period of the programme.

Career options

The Postgraduate Certificate/ Diploma/ MSc programme in Lower Limb Preservation is designed for, but not limited to: specialist podiatrists, nurses, medical, surgical and healthcare professionals and is targeted at those currently working in or with aspirations to gain further education and / or employment in the field of diabetes and limb preservation.



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IN BRIEF. Understand the factors contributing to the current epidemic of diabetes nationally and internationally. Support people from various cultural background to effectively manage their diabetes, prevent complications and lead a normal life. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Understand the factors contributing to the current epidemic of diabetes nationally and internationally
  • Support people from various cultural background to effectively manage their diabetes, prevent complications and lead a normal life
  • Use evidence to develop and continually improve the quality of diabetes management
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course aims to provide a balance between theoretical and clinical skills and develop participants’ levels of critical enquiry so you can deliver high quality evidence-based care to people with diabetes.

It will also encourage critical thinking through participation in the simulation laboratory, group discussion and presentation.

It will, through an understanding of research methods, encourage the analysis of  cutting-edge diabetes research data to develop standards and guidelines for best practice.

The course will develop an enhanced understanding of contemporary approach to diabetes care.

COURSE DETAILS

In the UK as elsewhere in the world, the prevalence of diabetes has, according to the WHO and the IDF, reached epidemic proportion and projected to peak to 552 million by the year 2030. A person with diabetes potentially faces a reduced life expectancy of between 6-20 years. The irreversible micro-vascular complications resulting in damage to the eyes (retinopathy), the kidneys (nephropathy), the nerves (neuropathy) and macro-vascular complications namely cardio-vascular diseases (heart attacks and stroke) and insufficiency in blood flow to the legs lead are associated  with considerable human, social, and economic costs, and  accounts for 10% of the total health care resource expenditure in the UK.

This relentless diabetic epidemic means that its management is becoming a significant healthcare challenge in the UK and as it is worldwide. It is therefore imperative that health care professionals are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver high quality evidence-based care and to empower people with diabetes to self-management.

The  MSc in Diabetes Care will enable you to:

  • Acquire specific skills in such areas as critical thinking, research methods and communication skills
  • Develop your critical analytical skills
  • Enable you to deliver high quality evidence-based care to empower people with diabetes to self-management

COURSE STRUCTURE

This course has both full-time and part-time routes, comprising of  four 16-week semesters which you can take within one or three years, allowing you to exit with one of the following awards:

Full-time

Postgraduate Certificate: two modules

Postgraduate Diploma: four modules

Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over one year

Part-time

Postgraduate Certificate: two modules

Postgraduate Diploma: four modules

Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over 3 years

TEACHING

Teaching will take a blended format comprising of  lectures, tutorials, group discussion, presentation and peer group critiques. Evaluation and debate will be ongoing during the process of information gathering, the testing of theoretical and practical ideas and the honing of all elements towards the end product.

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through:

  • Written assignment
  • Practical work in Simulation Laboratory and reflection
  • Presentation
  • Written dissertation

EMPLOYABILITY

Health care practitioners who graduate from this course would be employed in practice, management, education and research arenas in the UK and overseas.

Evidence suggests that there is an urgent need to match the ratio of Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSN) to the number of people with diabetes they care for. DSN can be employed in various sectors of the health service both in the UK and overseas while others can potentially progress into research. Others may choose to go into academia working as lecturers or lecturer-practitioners or diabetes nurse consultants.

This course will suit you if you want to acquire a systematic understanding of the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver high quality evidence-based care to people with diabetes, or if you wish to update your skill for a different but diabetes-related career pathway.  

Graduates from this course can potentially apply for such promotional posts as Diabetes Specialist Nurse or Nurse Consultant in Diabetes or Divisional Nurse for Long Term Conditions.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

Guest speakers from the clinical areas will provide input in to specific modules. The practical experience to be gained from the simulation laboratory will make a valuable contribution to the course content and will bring a real world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. These guest lectures will allow course participants to mix with professionals from the diabetes clinical settings and to make connections with them particularly when undertaking research project.

FURTHER STUDY

Research in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences is coordinated by Professor Nick Hardiker, Associate Head for Research. There is a pool of fully research-active academic staff and a number of embryonic and early career researchers engaged in a range of innovative and creative projects and in advancing the boundaries of theoretical investigation. Graduates from this course can consider pursuing a Doctorate course of study such as Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Work or the traditional doctoral course.  

Find more information about research within the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences.



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Diabetes is on the rise worldwide. Healthcare professionals with expertise in diabetes care are in high demand. The work is challenging but rewarding, and the field needs talented professionals with a real commitment to the common good. Read more

Diabetes is on the rise worldwide. Healthcare professionals with expertise in diabetes care are in high demand. The work is challenging but rewarding, and the field needs talented professionals with a real commitment to the common good.

GCU’s MSc Diabetes Care and Management will prepare you to advance your career with confidence – and help people in your community enjoy healthier, more fulfilling lives.

The MSc Diabetes Care and Management is multidisciplinary, bringing together key insights from multiple fields. You'll learn about best practices in diabetes care and management from a broad range of perspectives.

  • Understand the biology of the disease
  • Learn about preventing, diagnosing and managing diabetes
  • Recognise diabetes complications
  • Explore the latest research in the field
  • Survey up-to-date advances in management and care
  • Acquire the skills to collaborate on active research

Hands-on research is an essential part of the programme. You’ll join a team of hard-working healthcare professionals exploring important questions in diabetes research.

What kind of research?

  • Obesity and vascular changes in type 2 diabetes Adipocyte pathophysiology in diabetes
  • Diabetes and the fetoplacental circulation
  • Novel in-vitro methods of assessing vascular function in health and disease
  • Alteration of vascular reactivity by insulin and cortisol
  • Effect of glucose concentration on blood vessel contractibility

Keeping the programme career-focused, our top six students undertake a short clinical attachment at a local hospital. This opportunity helps them solidify their skills and make a positive impact on patients in a real-world setting.

What you will study

Diabetes Care: A Multi Professional Approach; Pathophysiology and Therapeutics of Diabetes; The Lower Limb and Foot in Diabetes – Evaluation of Risk; Skills for Professional Practice for Health Sciences; Chronic Complications of Diabetes; Nutrition and Lifestyle Management of Diabetes; Supporting Anticipatory Care for Long Term Conditions Management (Diabetes); Reflective Work-based Practice; and Project/Dissertation. 

It is possible to undertake Diabetes Care: A Multi Professional Approach, as a stand alone CPD certificate and gain credits towards a future Masters level degree.

Assessment methods

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

Teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.

Graduate prospects

Our graduates go on to do good work in general practice, hospitals and industry. Some choose to study for the UK General Medical Council exams (PLAB 1 and 2) and go on to work in the NHS.



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In response to the global epidemic in obesity and diabetes the University of Glasgow has developed this MSc in Diabetes. Read more
In response to the global epidemic in obesity and diabetes the University of Glasgow has developed this MSc in Diabetes. To address the immense challenge presented by this disease, it is essential that the researchers and medical practitioners of tomorrow understand the cutting edge advances and technologies to tackle diabetes.

Why this programme

◾This is one of the only MSc in Diabetes programmes focused entirely on research rather than health care management. You will be taught by clinicians and scientists known for their world-class research.
◾The University has state-of-the-art research facilities to study obesity, metabolic disease and diabetes from the whole body to the molecular level and students will undertake a research project/dissertation in this area.
◾The University of Glasgow is expert in establishing disease-specific bioresources linked with routinely-acquired anonymised data from the National Health Service in Scotland.
◾The collective expertise within the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences spans a full range from molecular and biomarker/ “-omic” techniques through clinical investigation to population-level epidemiology, clinical trials and cardiovascular endpoint adjudication.
◾This Degree in Diabetes is ideal for those who aspire to build their future career in diabetes whether in the fields of basic research, medical practice, pharmaceutical industry, public health or nutrition. We aim to provide an excellent research training that will inspire and provide students with the confidence to join the global research effort in tackling diabetes.
◾Using world-leading experts and experienced and dedicated teaching staff, this programme aims to provide students with state-of-the-art knowledge of pathological mechanisms and methodologies used for studying diabetes as well as providing a firm grounding in generic research skills.
◾You will develop and enhance your skills in literature searching and critically evaluating relevant scientific evidence; application of knowledge to novel concepts and situations; experimental design; research methods and ethics; data handling and statistics; interpretation and evaluation of experimental data; scientific writing; and oral presentations.
◾The MSc Diabetes programme is taught predominantly at the new Teaching and Learning Centre on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus. This has state-of-the-art teaching facilities, Wi-Fi, computer clusters and cafe area. There is frequent convenient transport to this campus from the central University campus.

Programme structure

The MSc in Diabetes is a 12 month, full time programme. The programme is made up of eight compulsory courses, two are of 20 credits (one in each semester) and 6 are of 10 credits (four in the first semester and 2 in the second semester). In addition, students will select two optional 10 credit courses from a choice of six in the second semester. A dissertation/research project of 60 credits is undertaken to fulfil the requirements of a Masters degree. The taught courses will be undertaken in the period October to March during the academic session, with the dissertation commencing in June with submission in mid August.

Dissertation

To fulfil the requirements of a Masters degree, students must undertake an independent piece of research in the area of diabetes under the supervision of a project supervisor. Projects may take a number of different formats including a literature review, meta-analysis, data audit or secondary analysis, laboratory-based project, clinical/human volunteer based investigation. The student must then submit a report demonstrating an in-depth, critical understanding and evaluation of the project and deliver an oral presentation summarising their project.

Career prospects

Graduates may wish to pursue a career in diabetes clinical research entering clinical translational diabetes research or commercial industrial research. Other opportunities for diabetes specialists are available in education, public health and professions allied to medicine. The MSc Diabetes also provides an excellent basis to pursue PhD level research.

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes aims to equip healthcare professionals who have a special interest in diabetes with a sound knowledge of diabetes and diabetes-related issues as they present in practice. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes aims to equip healthcare professionals who have a special interest in diabetes with a sound knowledge of diabetes and diabetes-related issues as they present in practice. It aims to do this by providing up-to-date clinical information with treatment and referral guidelines for diabetes and diabetic complications seen in practice.

The course is a development of the Diabetes Research Unit which has an international reputation for teaching and research in diabetes. It seeks to encourage critical thinking and improve the understanding of diabetes and diabetes related topics. You will be equipped not only with current factual knowledge but will also have the opportunity to learn about strategies aimed at helping you consider how best to deal with future advances in therapy and management.

The MSc in Diabetes is designed specifically for doctors and other healthcare professionals who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Diabetes and wish to pursue further studies in this field.

Structure

• PgDip:

The Postgraduate Diploma is a two-year, part-time, distance learning course and is completed online. It consists of six modules, each lasting 10 weeks, to include three core modules and a selection of three out of the nine optional modules. 

For a list of modules for the PgDip route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/diabetes-pgdip-distance-e-learning

• MSc:

This part-time, distance-learning MSc runs over a period of 12 months. The MSc will begin with an introductory section (approximately 12 weeks) where you will be able to develop your knowledge and skills in analysis methodologies, critical appraisal and scientific writing.

You will then proceed to writing your Master’s dissertation of up to 20,000 words over the remainder of the year. This can be in the form of either:

Primary data analysis using an existing dataset (to which either the student or the supervisor has access and all appropriate ethical and legal clearance to use),

OR 

A systematic literature review with appraisal of published evidence, leading to guideline development.

For a list of the modules for the MSc route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/diabetes-msc-distance-e-learning

Career Prospects

The course is suitable for medical and allied healthcare practitioners who have clinical responsibility for individuals with diabetes and aim to be future leaders and innovators in diabetes management in both primary and secondary care settings.

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The world prevalence of diabetes amongst adults is increasing year on year and diabetes care is a specialism that is becoming increasingly important for populations both nationally and internationally. Read more
The world prevalence of diabetes amongst adults is increasing year on year and diabetes care is a specialism that is becoming increasingly important for populations both nationally and internationally. As a result diabetes care is an area of growth and demand for services of qualified clinical staff in diabetes is therefore high.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre now forms one of the largest facilities in Europe for conducting first class clinical research, dynamic clinical services and teaching in diabetes. On this distance learning course you will benefit from the specialist knowledge of the experienced and high profile academic staff from the Centre and the University of Leicester. The ongoing research published by the Leicester Diabetes Centre ensures that all the online materials you use will be relevant and up to date.

This degree comprises a range of approved, accredited modules, combining the most topical thinking around clinical care and research in adults with practical examples of how novel research and evidence-based diabetes care can be applied in real life, clinical settings.

The course is studied part-time; it allows you to develop knowledge of diabetes care and choose areas in which to specialise. The core modules look at aspects of clinical presentation and management in diabetes with a further core module investigating injectable therapies. Option modules look at prevention of diabetes, foundation research and self-management and lifestyle behaviour change. You will become part of the Distance Learning Diabetes Community providing the opportunity for networking and sharing best practice.

The course will equip you with the knowledge, confidence and skills to specialise in diabetes care.

Distance learning gives you the flexibility to fit study around existing work commitments and enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment. Our course is ideal for healthcare professionals who wish to specialise in diabetes in either primary or secondary care.

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The Certificate in Diabetes Care (CIDC) course is the UK’s leading foundation course in diabetes care. Over 10,000 healthcare professionals have enrolled on the course which provides the practical knowledge and skills necessary to provide an effective and efficient service for people with diabetes. Read more
The Certificate in Diabetes Care (CIDC) course is the UK’s leading foundation course in diabetes care. Over 10,000 healthcare professionals have enrolled on the course which provides the practical knowledge and skills necessary to provide an effective and efficient service for people with diabetes.

Sensitive to the constraints on busy healthcare professionals, the course aims to link theory directly with practice. The course is designed to meet the educational needs of all healthcare professionals with an interest in diabetes care and the assessments for the course builds upon existing knowledge and helps to develop new skills.

Please note: Healthcare professionals need to be working in a clinical setting and working with people who have diabetes mellitus to undertake this course.

Programme aims

During the programme, we expect that you will:
-Develop, extend and enrich your existing knowledge about diabetes and the care of people with diabetes, adapting your professional practice to all you have learnt.
-Take the opportunity to explore existing attitudes and beliefs in the practice of diabetes care
-Explore and discuss the value of team working in diabetes care.
-Recognise the importance of interpersonal and effective communication skills in relationships with people with diabetes, family members/carers and colleagues in the delivery of diabetes care.
-Understand how you learn and how you apply your learning to your professional practice.
-Extend your network of people working in diabetes care, to share experiences, to have fun and develop supportive relationships, and achieve an accredited qualification in diabetes care from The University of Warwick.

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Diabetes is a growing worldwide epidemic. Consequently, emphasis is placed on tackling this disease through all members of the multidisciplinary team. Read more
Diabetes is a growing worldwide epidemic. Consequently, emphasis is placed on tackling this disease through all members of the multidisciplinary team.

The MSc Diabetes course provides a progression route for the postgraduate diabetes diploma course offered by the University.

This clinically-focussed online course is designed to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver a first rate diabetes service. The curriculum is based on the International Curriculum for Diabetes Health Professional Education produced by the International Diabetes Federation and therefore meets the highest international standards for diabetes education.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/791-msc-diabetes-online-delivery

What you will study

Modules

Core
- Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

Optional modules
- Professional Project
- Independent Prescribing Module (taught at University)

Learning and teaching methods

The course begins with an optional one day induction programme providing an overview of the course and the study skills required at the University’s Glyntaff campus.

The Professional project involves writing up to 10,500 words on a practice issue. You will be assigned a supervisor to guide you.

Students undertaking the Independent Prescribing module will need to attend the University as this is not taught online. This module will enable eligible nurses and pharmacists to become an Independent Prescriber as part of their MSc qualification.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The course has direct relevance to the demands of working roles and will assist in career enhancement and support specialisation. It is envisaged that most students will be in diabetes-related posts or aspiring to such positions.

This degree provides appropriate post qualification preparation for roles in diabetes specialist teams, diabetes specialist nursing, practice nursing and allied health professionals aiming to provide diabetes services in primary care. Similarly, pharmaceutical companies are keen to support their representatives in postgraduate education and this qualification will be perceived favourably in career progression and specialisation.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed online, apart from those undertaking the Independent Prescribing module. Assessments comprise of case-based examinations, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.

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Imagine if you could play a pivotal role in providing care that prevents or delays type 2 diabetes. With the number of people being diagnosed with diabetes reaching over three million in the UK, there has never been a more crucial time to ensure healthcare professionals are fully equipped to deal with this epidemic. Read more
Imagine if you could play a pivotal role in providing care that prevents or delays type 2 diabetes...

With the number of people being diagnosed with diabetes reaching over three million in the UK, there has never been a more crucial time to ensure healthcare professionals are fully equipped to deal with this epidemic.

We believe identifying those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus and working to prevent and/or delay the condition is a key part of addressing this issue. Our one-day course is designed to equip healthcare assistants and nurses working in general practice with the skills and knowledge to help prevent diabetes.

The course is delivered by experts in primary care diabetes and involves lectures and workshop activity - all very practically focused. The emphasis is on learning why and how to deliver more effective care, and planning how best to do this within your practice.

Topics covered include

-Prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus, and why this is important.
-Making the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose regulation.
-Case finding in general practice (including how to record and follow up).
-Lifestyle advice.
-Reflecting on practice.
-Establishing a pre-diabetes register.
-Facilitating early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
-Enabling safe intensive treatment of early type 2 diabetes.

An introductory pack will be provided to all participants in advance of the course start date.

Participants will be actively encouraged to discuss the learning outcomes from the day with their colleagues in general practice.

Students will undertake a review of five patients who have attended their practice for the NHS Health Check and have been identified as being at risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus. On completion, a certificate of learning will be issued by the University.

The course is designed for those involved in the NHS checks, in particular healthcare assistants and nurses working in General Practice. It focuses on screening and managing cases of individuals with a history of impaired glucose regulation or risk of type 2 diabetes.

For further information and to apply for a place, please contact the team.

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About

The part-time PgCert in Diabetes provides an in-depth understanding of core principles underlying the scientific basis of diabetes and diabesity in clinical practice, covering key aspects in the cellular and biochemical events in insulin secretion and action, pharmacology of diabetes therapies and the clinical diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of this major chronic metabolic condition. The part-time PgCert in Diabetes will be taken over two academic semesters with students taking one 30-credit point module per semester over one academic year. In semester one, students will study the specialist diabetes module Diabetes: Science and Therapeutics (30 credit points). This will be followed by the module Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare Science (30 credit points) in semester two. Following successful completion of both modules (60 credits) the student will exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Diabetes.

Attendance

Part-time, fully online.

Modules

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. 

Diabetes: Science and Therapeutics

This module provides a comprehensive overview of the scientific background to diabetes and diabesity. It covers all the major areas of current scientific knowledge including mechanisms of insulin secretion, diabetes pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and therapeutic strategies. It is designed to equip student with skills to critically evaluate current scientific literature describing diabetes and diabesity physiology, pathobiology and therapeutic advances and care.

Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare Sciences

A work-based module where students review, after consultation with their line manager, an aspect of their professional practice identifying evidence to support their recommendations, initiate the keeping of a professional reflective diary and submit a report of evidence to support their action research plan. Students currently not in employment will be given advice on suitable topics from the module co-ordinator.

Career options

The academic content of this programme will provide a new opportunity for students to specialise further in their own scientific field and will provide them with the confidence to compete for higher specialist post, as they arise in the Health Services and Industry.



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This postgraduate level module will enable you to critically explore and analyse the key theoretical and clinical issues in the psycho-social management of children and young people with diabetes. Read more
This postgraduate level module will enable you to critically explore and analyse the key theoretical and clinical issues in the psycho-social management of children and young people with diabetes. Speakers on the module include experts in psycho-social management of diabetes, child development including special needs, child education and communication, child advocacy and mental health in diabetes.

The course is taught at The University of Warwick and consists of pre-course work, four days attendance and assessment.

This module covers many aspects of psycho-social management of children and young people with diabetes including:
-Impact of a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes.
-How children and families adapt to life with a chronic illness.
-Helping young people to learn in clinic and beyond.
-Approaches to the management of maladaptive responses.
-Making a referral to Children's and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
-Working with children with special educational needs.
-Introduction to depression.
-The impact of ethnicity, culture and religion.
-Dealing with discrimination.

NICE Guidance

The course ensures healthcare professionals understand their obligations under the NICE guidelines and the new paediatric tariff, and how to meet these when delivering healthcare to this target group of vulnerable individuals.

"Children and young people with type 1 diabetes and their families should be offered timely and ongoing access to mental health professionals because they may experience psychological disturbances (such as anxiety, depression, behavioural and conduct disorders and family conflict) that can impact on the management of diabetes and well-being."

(NICE guidance CG015 Type 1 diabetes: diagnosis and management of type 1 diabetes in children, young people and adults

Other options

MSc route: available as a core option module on the MSc in Diabetes (Paediatrics) and MSc in Diabetes
Not sure an MSc is for you? Take this module as a Postgraduate Award. Contact us for more information:

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